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The Two Sides Of Fox’s Megyn Kelly
Three Years After Breaking the New Black Panthers Phony Scandal, Kelly To Move To Primetime
Fox News has announced that when dayside anchor Megyn Kelly returns from her upcoming maternity leave, she will be moving to the network’s primetime lineup.
Fox’s evening block is the most stable in cable news, with no new hosts since 2003, and Fox did not announce which host Kelly would be replacing. In May, The New York Times reported that Greta Van Susteren might move out of her 10 p.m. timeslot and be replaced by Kelly, and quoted Van Susteren’s husband saying that she would be willing to move to a program earlier in the day.
Kelly has received praise — including from Media Matters — for the rare moments when she broke through Fox’s conservative noise machine, particularly on women’s rights issues. Her sharp questioning of Fox personalities Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson over their sexist criticism of the finding that a record number of women are becoming their families’ primary breadwinner and her confrontation with radio host Mike Gallagher over his claim that her maternity leave was “a racket” were riveting television that promoted progressive values.
But the balance of Kelly’s tenure at Fox, during which she has anchored the 1 p.m. program America Live as well as the network’s 2012 convention and election night coverage, has been marked by a steady drumbeat of conspiratorial scandalmongering.
In a 2008 profile, Howard Kurtz, who will soon join Kelly at Fox News, wrote that Kelly tends to show “hints of her political outlook” on the air, and quoted Fox’s Brit Hume saying that Kelly “seemed to get what we’ve talked about with ‘fair and balanced news’ ” and that she “came in believing there was a left bias in the news.” She will bring that worldview to primetime.
Notably, the report of Kelly’s promotion comes just over three years to the day after she launched Fox News’ over-the-top coverage of the New Black Panther Party pseudoscandal.
Kelly was the driving force behind Fox News’ heavy promotion of the false conspiracy that the Obama administration, due to racial and political motivations, had refused to protect white voters from intimidation at the hands of minorities. She launched the story on June 30, 2010, with a major interview detailing the “explosive new allegations” of right-wing operative and former DOJ lawyer J. Christian Adams. Over the next two weeks she devoted 45 segments to the story, totaling more than 3.5 hours of coverage.
Megyn Kelly attended Syracuse University and Albany Law School. Albany might not be Ivy league but it was good enough for two SCOTUS justices and the current governor of New York. After practicing law for a few years she switched to television journalism and paid her dues. Now she is being rewarded with a prime-time slot on FOX News.
As for the “conspiratorial scandalmongering”, tabloid journalism is the norm these days but FOX News does less of that than any of their competitors. I’m not sure how much control Megyn has over content on her show anyway. My understanding is that most of these shows have producers who line up the guests and topics. She’s “on-air” talent.
Megyn reports stories and does interviews. She rarely voices her personal opinions which is the way journalism used to be. Nonetheless she freely admits she is a conservative feminist. But the fact that she works for FOX doesn’t stop her from tearing into Republicans who get stupid. She has recently had some notable run-ins with Mike Gallagher, Karl Rove, Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson.
I wish Megyn well with her new child and new prime-time show. Journalism could use a lot more women like her.